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Suggest natural treatment for mild to moderate blockage in carotid arteries

My husband was diagnosed today with having mild to moderate blockage in both of his carotid arteries. I am looking for something naturally he can take to help. I take red yeast rice and I thought it was for that....will that help and do you know of any other supplement? Concerned 59 year old wife.
Tue, 27 Jun 2017
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What goes in should be proven to help. Natural doesn't mean safe. The most poisonous chemicals are natural. The only proven treatments for someone with carotid disease are to seek control of blood pressure, lower cholesterol and possibly a baby aspirin every day. The extract that you take is actually the drug lovastatin in an impure form. The natural way of lowering cholesterol is effective but requires strict adherence to a diet similar to that popularized by Dean Ornish.
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Suggest natural treatment for mild to moderate blockage in carotid arteries

What goes in should be proven to help. Natural doesn t mean safe. The most poisonous chemicals are natural. The only proven treatments for someone with carotid disease are to seek control of blood pressure, lower cholesterol and possibly a baby aspirin every day. The extract that you take is actually the drug lovastatin in an impure form. The natural way of lowering cholesterol is effective but requires strict adherence to a diet similar to that popularized by Dean Ornish.